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OVER THE YEARS: Decoding Kat’s nine lives!

Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 20, 2012
First Published: 19:24 IST(20/9/2012) | Last Updated: 11:26 IST(21/9/2012)

Katrina Kaif has delivered more hits than the number of years she has spent in the film industry. The actor debuted with the 2004 dud Boom, after the film’s director  Kaizad Gustad offered her the role.

The film’s producer, actor Jackie Shroff’s wife Ayesha Shroff, gave Katrina the surname ‘Kaif’ as it sounded Indian. Since then, Kat has delivered 14 box office hits. This, after she was written off after her debut. Two years later, she did a successful cameo in Sarkar and gave a noticeable performance in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005).

“Katrina’s choices have worked for her. Be it item numbers or films. If you look at her career graph, she is ahead of most heroines. Besides that, she is known to be a very dedicated and hardworking actor,” says trade analyst Vikas Mohan.

She can boast of an assorted platter, with  sensual roles in Race (2008), De Dana Dan (2009) to a politician in Raajneeti (2010) and a spy in Ek Tha tiger (2012). 

Her dance numbers ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’, ‘Aa Gaya Bodyguard’ and ‘Chikni Chameli’ have become timeless hits. In 2010, she won the award for the best entertainer of the year, while this year she won the International Icon (female) award. The 28-year-old is currently filming Jab Tak Hai Jaan with Shah Rukh Khan and Dhoom 3.

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“She has delivered a superhit with Salman Khan, now she is working with Shah Rukh and her next film is with Aamir. She is one of the few female actors to have had this fortune,” adds Mohan.

2003
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/9/katrina-kaif.jpgFlabby
Kat flaunted a chubby face, a flabby stomach and a mop of wavy hair, the year she debuted in Bollywood

2004
Sharper
Straightened her hair and lost some weight. Her jaw line became visibly sharper, but her dressing sense had a long way to go

2005
Some Style
Katrina cut her hair and styled it well. Her subtle and elegant make-up found favour with fashion watchers

2006
Diva Now
Kat opted for wavy hair. Her style sense got a green signal. She is one of the most photographed women in India

2009
Botox Shot?
A visible change in her nose and lips sparked off plastic surgery rumours. Her short bangs became a rage

2012
Glam Doll
Now known to be one of the most stylish and beautiful women in the world. She was voted the world’s sexiest Asian woman

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/9/salman-katrina.jpgPersonal Peep
Katrina Kaif started dating actor Salman Khan when she was a 19-year-old struggling model in 2003. Khan mentored her and recommended her to filmmakers, a claim Kaif has denied with a firm ‘what rubbish’. During their relationship, it was reported on two occasions that Sallu had slapped Katrina over a disagreement. It was aslo reported that he hit Kat after disapproving of her outfit in a song in Ek Tha tiger recently. After Sallu and Kat parted ways in 2008, she was linked to her Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahaani co-star Ranbir Kapoor. It is rumoured that the two are still seeing each other. Recently, Kat was spotted outside Ranbir’s bungalow and Ranbir, in turn, was spotted leaving Kat’s house post midnight last week. However, while Katrina has acknowledged her relationship with Salman, she has maintained the ‘good friends’ tag with Ranbir, denying reports of a link up.

Reel Life

Agneepath (2012)
Katrina struck a chord with Sheila ki Jawaani in Tees Maar Khan and emerged as the sexiest item girl with Chikni Chameli

Rajneeti (2010)
Katrina won over critics with her performance of a politician and won the Best Actress (popular choice) award

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
As the bike riding Laila, Katrina held her own in a film largely about three male friends —Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar

Kat The Brand

2002

She became the face of Coca-Cola in Tamil Nadu. She was featured in a popular advertisement with Tamil actor Vijay

2007
She started endorsing Godrej Renew and Kodak

2008
She started advertising soft drink brand Slice, and we saw her in the rasiya commercials. She also
started advertising Spice telecom and Nakshatra
 
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/9/katrina-raajneeti.jpg2009
She was the 2nd Most Liked female star on CelebTrack, scoring high on image attributes such as beautiful, sexy, stylish, glamorous and feminine

2010
She became a Lux girl, and chose many other brands that added to her image —Olay, Panasonic, Yardley of London, Ethihad
Airways being a few

2011
Titan signed her as its face, right after actor Aamir Khan. The same year, Katrina unveiled a Barbie doll inspired by her

2012
Her current major endorsements include Lux, Nakshatra, Pantene, Olay, Choc-on, Titan, Relaxo and Slice. She reportedly charges approx 4 cr per deal

“Katrina brings her peculiar brand of sensual beauty inside the home of a typical Indian household, without making anyone
uncomfortable.  And this is a characteristic unique to Katrina. She is probably the only female actor who is liked across age groups, gender no bar. Over the years, she has been true to this image, while choosing hit films commercially.

And that is why brands love her too,” says Anujita Jain of Alchemist Talent Solutions, a brand management firm.

Katching Up
It`s not my style to either wear minimum clothes, to strip or to even be comfortable with a sex-symbol label. I just want to do good work

Am I supposed to be ashamed that I am half Asian, half European? I mean, no! Rahul Gandhi is half Indian, half Italian. So? I am very proud of what I am

Except for Preity Zinta, I haven’t met a single secure actress in Bollywood.

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Fact File
Born on: July 16, 1984, Hong Kong

Real Name: Katrina Turquotte
 
Family
Mother: Susanna Turquotte (British); Kashmiri father; has seven
Siblings. Her sister Isabella is expected to make her film debut

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/9/katrina-slice.jpgGlobetrotter
She has lived in Hawaii, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland,
London before settling in Mumbai

Discovery
At the age of 14 for a jewellery campaign

Virtual Reality 
She is not on Twitter. However,  the most searched Bollywood celebrity as per Google’s 2008, 2009, and 2010 data.

Tomorrow read up on hrithik roshan, the guy who went from being the palm-push dancer in a black vest to the greek god of new-age bollywood. catch ‘over the years’- only in HT City

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